Monthly Luncheon Announcement
By: Bobbe Walker
Paul R. Carrozza of Austin, along with his wife Sheila, founded RunTex in 1988. They have since built their business into the Nation's largest store devoted exclusively to running. In addition to RunTex, Mr. Carrozza also founded RunTex University and RunTex Events. RunTex Events produces over 120 events per year and raises over $5 million annually for local charities. He is also co-founder and sponsor of RunTex Marathon Kids Program, which has successfully helped over 100,000 children achieve endurance and learn to enjoy running. Since 1997, Mr. Carrozza has been Runners World magazine's Footwear Editor. Mr. Carrozza is the Co-Chair for the Governor's Fitness Council and currently serves on the Board for the Texas Department of Aging and the Greater Austin Sports Association. He also sits on the Board for Shoes for America, Austin Parks Foundation, and The Star of Texas Rodeo.
Please join EWTG members at this luncheon by registering here. Ample, free parking is available behind the Woman's Club on Nueces between 7th and 8th streets. Networking begins at 11:30 and the buffet - a hot, delicious entrée, salad, vegetables, rolls, dessert, tea and coffee - opens at 11:45 AM. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. The program will begin at noon and conclude promptly at 1:00 PM.
Fall Membership Social
Austin Duck Tour is Back!
By: Jennifer Buaas
The Executive Women in Texas Government (EWTG) Membership Committee invites you to our Fall Membership Social. This unique social is a free event for members only. The Austin Duck Adventures amphibian vehicle will provide us with a tour of Austin, including a dip in Lake Austin! We promise you’ll remain dry throughout the tour! There will be an opportunity for networking and socializing while we learn about our great city.
Light snacks, water and wine will be provided. The tour will leave promptly at 6:00PM, so please arrive at the pick-up location no later than 5:45pm*. The tour will end at our pick-up location at 7:30PM.
Please RSVP if you want to tour Austin with your fellow EWTG members. We look forward to seeing you there!
Parking Location: Capital Visitor Parking Garage
(Between San Jacinto, Trinity, 12th and 13thStreets)
Pick-Up Location: Brazos Street between 12th and 13th Streets
(Bus loading area east of the Capitol)
Date and Time: Thursday, October 13, 2011
5:45PM* – 7:30PM
* Please allow time for parking in the parking garage and walking to the pick-up location. The bus will leave promptly at 6:00PM.
EWTG congratulates Mary Cheryl Dorwart on her promotion to the Director of Enterprise Contracts at the Texas Department of Information Resources. Way to go Mary Cheryl!
By: Audrey Selden
Last month, the EWTG Affiliates met via conference call to share best practices about effective recruitment strategies, selecting impressive presenters and interesting topics, and managing the upcoming EWTG Affiliates election process. Our Brazos Valley, Dallas, and Houston Affiliates provided helpful information. We heard about “Each One Brings One” recruitment efforts, fascinating community speakers, and the importance of planning when conducting the annual election of officers. This informative call reflects the cooperative spirit that resonates throughout EWTG.
We are intentional about helping other women develop professionally and personally. Visit our Affiliates web pages for details regarding October and November meetings.
As the fall comes ‘round and the heat begins to subside, our Affiliates will be joining us at the 25th Annual EWTG Professional Development Conference on November 21. Treat yourself to a great opportunity. The conference provides a wonderful opportunity to network and learn best practices from our EWTG members, the presenters, and the hundreds of attendees.
Watch the EWTG website for information about a San Antonio area planning meeting. If you are interested in joining EWTG, please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
September Mini-Course ReCap
“Career Transitioning in Challenging Times”
Patricia V. HayesSeptember 14, 2011
By: Denice Bettencourt
Patricia Hayes, owner of PVH Consulting Group, LLC, a public affairs and management consulting firm in Austin, presented this interactive session on career transitioning. With a bachelor’s degree in government and a law degree, Patricia has served as a respected policy confidante, advisor and strategist to executive leadership. Patricia shared with the EWTG audience six practical steps that helped her through her career transition and hopes these steps will help others. She calls these steps the six “Gs”: (1) get your mind right; (2) get to dreaming; (3) get inspired and stay connected; (4) get educated; (5) get a hobby; and (6) get moving – ACT!
The first step is reframing your mindset. If you have been fired from a job or you just hate your job, you have emotions that you need to recognize and feel. Some of these emotions include fear, panic, self-pity, anger, and frustration. Patricia advises taking time to deal with these emotions but not to get stuck here. Once you have dealt with emotions be done with it, reframe your mindset, and move on. The second step is dreaming. Give yourself an opportunity to dream. What would you do if you could do anything in the world? What would your ideal career be like? Don’t let fear or limitations block your dreams. Open yourself up to a world of opportunities so you can pursue your professional dreams and goals.
The third step is getting inspired and staying connected. Do the things that inspire you so you have the energy for a career transition. Read, listen to music, watch movies, or just play with your kids. Staying connected by networking, reconnecting to old relationships and building new “authentic” relationships gives you the contacts for your transition. Step four is getting educated. Stretch your mind and explore new opportunities. Patricia notes that books on CDs are a great way to get an education while commuting. Step five is getting a hobby. A hobby allows you to do something you love, gives your brain a rest, and lets you rejuvenate. Step six is taking action. Start by taking one item and acting on it today. Patricia’s parting advice is keeping track of your thoughts and actions in a journal which will also help you through your career transition. Patricia says that writing is a way to make dreams real.
In addition, Patricia provided a PowerPoint with action items and resources on career transitioning. Click here to link to her PowerPoint presentation for these resources. Start your journey today to a new and fulfilling career!
October Mini-Course Announcement
"Eating an Elephant for Better Health"
Presented by D. Rozena McCabe, Ph.D.
October 12, 2011
By: Denice Bettencourt
The old joke about how you eat an elephant is answered: one bite at a time. The same strategy should be used by anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle. Attempting too much change too fast can lead to frustration and failure. If you have ever fallen off the wagon of an exercise or diet program by diving face first into a chocolate cake, then this mini-course is for you. This presentation will not be filled with facts and research data about the importance of exercise and a healthier diet. Instead, you will be provided with practical steps you can take to achieve better health.
D. Rozena McCabe, Ph.D., Professor of Kinesiology at Huston-Tillotson University is our mini-course presenter. She will focus on establishing strategies to overcome the daily barriers and behavioral habits that prevent you from achieving your greatest quality of life. Dr. McCabe earned her Ph.D. in physical education with a specialization in motor learning and control from Texas Woman’s University. At Huston-Tillotson she serves as Department Chair of Kinesiology and Teacher Education, Athletic Director, and Quality Enhancement Plan Director. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an organization dedicated to teaching people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
The mini-course begins at 11:30 AM and the program begins at noon, ending promptly at 1 PM. The mini-course will be at the Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina, eight blocks east of I-35 just off East 11th Street. EWTG will provide terrific pizza, loads of fresh green salad, dessert and drinks for $10 (or no charge if you bring your own lunch). RSVP to insure you get both a chair and lunch.
Community Service Committee:
EWTG Helps SafePlace
By: Paula Griffin
In August, the SafePlace food pantry stock was dangerously low, about a month away from bare shelves. In the spirit of giving (and swift response!) EWTG members were requested to bring baby formula, canned food, cereal and other items to the mini-course in August. SafePlace is an organization in Austin that provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence.
We asked and you responded! Due to the generous donations from EWTG members, the Community Service Committee was able to donate one trunk load of food and $50 in cash donations. Additionally, Mary Lou Ralls donated four bags of food to SafePlace independently. Gena Minjares collected food from her division, and Alison Gilliam helped gather the food at the mini-course. It was a great event and the Community Service Committee gives a big thank you to all of our members that participated. If you were unable to attend the mini-course, please visit the SafePlace website http://www.safeplace.org/wishlist and consider making a donation.
Things to Do Before the End of the Year
Fouth Quarter Deadline: November 30th
By: Susan Durso
The Fourth Quarter is upon us for EWTG scholarships. Scholarships are one of the many benefits of membership. There are scholarships for training seminars, formal education and courses designed to help you develop your professional and personal skills. Take advantage of this benefit for course in December or the first quarter of next calendar year. Submit your scholarship application by November 30th to make the deadline.
Read about how a scholarship from EWTG can help achieve your goals in the wonderful article, Continuous Learning in a Hectic World, by recent Scholarship Recipient Roberta Rincon.
Now Where Did They Go?
By: Debbie Peterson
Have you ever wanted to connect with an EWTG Member and the phone number or email address in the EWTG Directory was wrong? Have you been talking with a fellow EWTG Member lately about the comings and goings of your fellow EWTG Members? As often happens in our busy lives when things change, we may forget to update our contact information with all of our organizations. If you’ve changed agencies, your email address has changed, or your position has changed, then it might be time to update your member profile. Even if nothing has changed, it’s still a good idea to make a point of checking your profile once a year.
It’s easy to update your profile. Click on www.ewtg.org and there will be a link on the right hand side of the home page titled “Edit Your Profile”. You’ll be asked to enter your User Name and Password. After entering your login information your membership profile will be displayed. You may enter update your information and then click the “Submit Registration” button at the bottom of the screen. That’s all there is to it!
If you’ve forgotten your User Name or Password, simply email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to provide it to you. So, don’t delay, make sure old friends can find you in that new position, at that new agency, or with that new cell phone number. Happy Updating!
Austin City Limits Tour
August 31, 2011
By: Ashley Schweickart
To all those skeptics out there who doubt that events deemed ‘educational’ can ever be fun, I have four words for you: Austin City Limits Tour! On Wednesday, August 31st, over 100 ladies of EWTG (and a few significant others) congregated in the newly minted Moody Theater in the W Hotel, otherwise known as the new venue for ACL Live, where many of today’s biggest entertainers can be seen at tapings and concerts. Events Coordinator Mindy Morin and her tour guides led us in groups of 25 to tour the state of the art facility.
My tour group, led by Natalie Kennedy, started at the Mezzanine level of the theater, which hosts 336 seats and several suites. We then moved onto the “Partner Suite,” a private conference room that can be rented out for a variety of purposes – hosting private events, meet and greets with ACL entertainers, or holding your organization’s next board meeting.
Our next stop on the tour was the Scott Newton Gallery, named after the ACL photographer who has been taking pictures of the performers since ACL’s inception in 1976. The gallery is filled with huge canvases of these photographs, highlighting all variety of performers, from Austin favorites Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett, to more recent acts like John Legend and The Black Keys. Natalie informed us that this gallery space can also be rented for a reception or seated lunch or brunch.
Finally, we ended the tour on the concert floor, which fits 1,100 guests right up close to the stage. Natalie informed us that a curtain can descend from the ceiling and cover the balcony seats, giving the theater that intimate feel that many remember from ACL’s original location. Upon the conclusion of the tour, everyone met up on the ACL balcony for Wine Down Wednesday, a free event with live music and food tastings from Malaga! It was a great way to end the event, with members socializing and enjoying each other’s company.
All in all, EWTG’s ACL Tour was a resounding success. I heard from so many ladies how many times they had seen ACL shows on KLRU but never actually visited the theater, so it felt like we were getting a sneak peek into a highly revered Austin institution. I also learned tons of interesting facts, such as when KLRU tapes performances at ACL, they bring in their own stage and amphitheater seating. In the end, it was a fun AND educational event. And when I think about my time with EWTG, those two words go hand-in-hand.
New and Renewing Members September 2011
Megan Blood, State of Texas - Health and Human Services Commission
Veronica Chapa-Jones, City of Houston Housing and Community Development
Yvette Flores, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Sissy Gillis, Texas Department of Information Resources
Janet Gilmore, Texas Department of Information Resources
Lesley Guthrie, Governor's Commission for Women
Erin Hutchins, NIC- Texas.gov
Elizabeth Jamison, Lower Colorado River Authority
Sondra Johnson, Texas Department of Transportation
Tracy Limon, Texas Department of Information Resources
Elma Medina, Dept. of State Health Service
Angela Richmond, Texas Department of Transportation
Tamara Russ, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Tracy L. Schanbacher, UT southwestern Medical Center
Dorothee Staber, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Patricia Thickstun, Texas Department of State Health Services
Isis Vaughn, Texas Department of Public Safety
Martha Ward, Texas Health & Human Services
Tiffany White, State of Texas
Vandita Zachariah, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Sandy Armstrong, Department of State Health Services
Beverly Bavousett, Retired
Christy Bearden, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Shelli Belser, Texas Department of Transportation
Tricia Bowen, Texas Department of Transportation
Molly Cost, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Susanna Cutrone, Texas Workforce Commission
Donyiel Davis, Department of State Health Services
Debra Doerflein, City of Austin
Lisa Dover, Health and Human Services Commission
Anita Eddie, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Melinda Eppler, State Preservation Board
Dawn Eserini, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Teri Flack, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-retired
J. Lane Goetsch, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services
Jenice Gonzales, Texas Department of Transportation
Jana Grimes, Austin Ribbon & Computer
Jan Halverson, Texas Association of Counties
Stephanie Harrison, Department of Family and Protective Services
Susan Heck, Grainger
Arthur Mural Hernandez, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Roslyn Hotard, Texas Department of Information Resources
Mary Howerton, St. Edward's University
Carol Jackson, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Laura Johannsen, Texas Department of Transportation
Leticia Kappel, Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Louis LeDoux, Texas Workforce Commission
Cindy Lopez, Legislative Budget Board
Theresa McShan, Health & Human Services Commission
Janet Messick, Texas Department of State Health Services
Judy Mintier, Texas Department of State Health Services
Mahshid Moaddeb, Texas Department of State Health Services
Carol Morgan, University of Texas at Austin
Bunny Neible, Texas Department of Transportation
Grace Nobles, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Denise Pittard, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Anna Presley-Burnham, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Roberta Rincon, University of Texas System
Jordan Roe, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Molly Roman, Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Idalia Salazar, Texas Department of Insurance
Larissa Schmidt, Texas Animal Health Commission
Guadalupe Sosa, Texas Department of Health
Kay Steed, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Kim Stewart, Texas Department of State Health Services
Jan Thomas, Texas Public Employees Association (TPEA)
Evie Walberg, Texas Department of State Health Services
Cinde Weatherby, Texas Transportation Institute
Pam Wiley, Texas A&M University
Connie Williams, Texas Health and Human Services Commission